Monthly Archives: July 2015

STATE STREET GARAGE OPENS TODAY AT 5 P.M.

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 22, 2015
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613                    jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The State Street Garage, an urban mixed-use structure with a striking architectural design, is scheduled to open to the public Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m.  Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota on State Street between Lemon Avenue and Orange Avenue, the facility will be available for parking 24 hours a day at no cost.

“The State Street Garage will be a signature building in downtown,” said City Manager Tom Barwin.  “Our Urban Design Studio helped design a much needed parking structure that blends in with its surroundings in an artful manner.  Most importantly,Garage Collage RR almost 400 parking spaces are now available for the many people who visit our increasingly vibrant downtown, including those who shop every Saturday at the Farmers Market,” said Mr. Barwin.

The State Street Garage can accommodate 395 vehicles.  Four electric car charging stations will be available at no cost on the second floor.  Designated handicapped and motorcycle parking spaces are located on the ground floor as well as enough space for 30 bicycles.  To help drivers remember where they park, each of the five parking decks is color coded.  The ground floor also includes 14,000 square feet of retail space along State Street.

The State Street Garage can be accessed via State Street as well as Ringling Boulevard.

Work crews will be on site finalizing construction activities.

“Thanks to everyone for their patience during the construction,” said Mr. Barwin.   “With the opening of the State Street Garage, this is another big step forward for our central downtown.”

For more information contact Mark Lyons, Parking Manager:  941- 954-7058.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

CITY COMMISSION SETS PRELIMINARY MILLAGE RATE; RATE REMAINS SAME

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 21, 2015
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  After extensive review of the proposed fiscal year 2015-2016 budget, the City Commission unanimously set the preliminary operating millage rate at 3.1728 mills last night.  This is the same millage rate as last year.

The proposed 2015-2016 total budget is $198 million – a 1.4 percentDavid increase from the current budget to maintain and improve the level of service.  To balance the budget, the City Commission proposes a one-time use of $252,000 from the Revenue Stabilization Fund.

Two public hearings on the proposed budget are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, September 8:   6 p.m. – City Hall
  • Monday, September 21:  6 p.m. – City Hall

Anyone interested in speaking about the proposed budget is invited to do so then.  The proposed budget and budget workshops can be viewed on the City’s website: www.SarasotaGov.com

The preliminary millage rate will be transmitted to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser, who will compile all proposed millage rates for individual properties and issue a TRIM (Truth in Millage) notice later this summer.  Taxing authorities, including the City of Sarasota, cannot raise preliminary millage rates once they are established; however, rates can be lowered.

For more information contact Finance Director John Lege:  941-365-2200 ext. 4104.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

PAYNE PARK PLAYGROUND TEMPORARILY CLOSED JULY 20-27 FOR IMPROVEMENTS

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 17, 2015
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL:  The Payne Park playground will be temporarily closed July 20-27 while crews complete the second and final phase of improvements to the playground this summer.

New surface material will be installed at the splash pad, a portion of the turf grass will be replaced, and all the turf grass will be re-sanded and leveled.  In addition, play equipment, including a crawling tube and swing, will be replaced.  Payne Park Playground WS3Also, in the musical play area, new chimes will be installed.

The playground is expected to reopen late in the day on Monday, July 27, weather permitting.  During the temporary closure, families are encouraged to use the many other public playgrounds within the City including Bayfront Park, located at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

Payne Park playground is very popular and used by tens of thousands of children every year.  To ensure the equipment is safe and in good condition, the playground is temporarily closed at least once a year for a comprehensive maintenance inspection and repairs.

During the first phase of the improvements, last month, the playground was sanitized and pressure washed.   Tree limbs were trimmed and landscape beds freshened.  The splash pad water system, located underground, was repaired and a new concrete slab poured.  Crews needed to wait one month for the concrete to cure before installing the new child-friendly surface material on top.

The circus themed playground opened in June 2012.  It is surrounded by 29 acres of urban parkland adjacent to the Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, in downtown Sarasota.  Payne Park also includes a half-mile exercise trail, skateboard park and tennis courts.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

ORANGE AVE./MAIN ST. ROUNDABOUT WORK BEGINS JULY 22

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 15, 2015
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager
941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The Orange Avenue/Main Street intersection will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, July 22 as construction gets underway to build a modern roundabout at the intersection and relocate utility lines.  The intersection is expected to be closed through September.

Limited traffic will be allowed through the construction area from approximately September 30 to early November, when the project is scheduled to be substantially Orange Main Roundaboutcompleted.

To help with the flow of traffic, Adelia Avenue, temporarily will become a 2-way street through the duration of the project.  Adelia Avenue parallels Orange Avenue to the east.

Electronic message boards already are in position notifying passersby of the pending temporary intersection closure.

Detour signs also will be in place directing drivers to use State Street or Lemon Avenue.  Since Lemon Avenue is closed each Saturday morning for the Farmers Market, City of Sarasota staff is coordinating with the Farmers Market to ensure signage is positioned each week to direct motorists around the detours.

The Orange Avenue/Main Street roundabout will be the fourth roundabout built within downtown since 2010.  The first was constructed at Five Points, followed by one at Ringling Avenue/Palm Avenue and another at Ringling Avenue/Pineapple Avenue.

“Roundabouts are consistent with the City’s transportation plan to increase traffic flow, particularly during peak drive times, while simultaneously creating a more pedestrian friendly environment,” said City Engineer Alex DavisShaw.  “Roundabouts are safer for pedestrians as well as motorists, plus they’re more aesthetically pleasing.”

As part of the improvement project, several aging utility lines will be relocated underground.  That process will require a short term boil water notice for properties in the vicinity.  Impacted properties with be notified directly well in advance of the official notice.

New crosswalks will be added to the area, brick pavers, landscaping as well as a signature public art piece will be placed in the center of the roundabout.

To minimize traffic impacts, as directed by the City Commission, the roundabout is being constructed during the off-season and is expected to be substantially completed by Veterans Day (November 11) and the return of seasonal residents.

Project updates are expected to be posted regularly on the City of Sarasota website.  Visit www.SarasotaGov.com and click on the construction hard hat icon or click here.

For more information contact Richard Winder, project manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 6302.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

JUNIOR GOLF CAMP CONTINUES AT BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB AUG. 10-12

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 15, 2015
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager
941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com 

Sarasota, FL:  Bobby Jones Golf Club, the City of Sarasota historic municipal golf course, will host one last golf camp this summer August 10-12.  The camp, designed for students ages 8-18, will combine fun, exercise and the outdoors with learning a new skill.

The camp rate is $100 per student and includes 2.5 hours of instruction for three days by a PGA professional with a kid-friendly lunch following the clinic.

For more information click here or contact the golf shop:  941-954-4163.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Boulevard, is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota and offers three courses with a total of 45 holes. To learn more visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

BJGC Camp - Group

Youngsters participating in a summer golf camp in 2014.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com